Stories making headlines across the regions include: Rotorua gets a zippy new attraction and there is a fundraising auction being held for assaulted toddler Caleb Skinner in Masterton.

Rotorua has a new adrenaline-pumping attraction that lets people fly down the side of Mt Ngongotaha.

A fundraising auction for assaulted toddler Caleb Skinner will be held at the Masterton RSA.

Who ate all the pies? A hungry thief in Wanganui accounts for eight.


For the first time in more than four centuries, the sails of a waka from mainland New Zealand appeared on the horizon off the Chatham Islands being navigated by a man from Clive.

And, a semi-retired car wrecker who spent 18 months buying old pictures and mirrors at Bay Auctions has turned his new-found love of art into a way to liven up Tauranga's downtown.

Finally, some imaginative names have been sent in for the new Waiarohia Stream footbridge.